Summer

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1 December to 31 March

Walking, hiking, cycling, fishing, swimming, history, art, culture...you name it - you can do it in Thames during Summer!  

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Swimming

Located on New Zealand's beautiful coastline Thames has an abundance of swimming options including watering holes, rivers and beaches making it an ideal summer destination.  A loved spot for many is Hoffman's Pool - this well known watering hole is tucked away in the valley and an amazing spot for an afternoon picnic in the sun. 

Walking 

There are endless walking tracks in the Kauaeranga Valley waiting for you to explore.  With tracks ranging in duration from 30minutes to 2 days you are sure to find one perfect for you.  A local favourite is the coastal walkway (which starts in the CBD) and is a lovely summer walk.  While on the coastal walk you can view the Underfoot Gallery and the Michael Smither Sculpture.  If you are up for a bigger hike, be sure to check out the Pinnacles - this track will take you to the summit and give you some of the best views of the Coromandel Peninsula.

Cycling

If you are in to mountain biking, Summer is the prime time to get amongst it.  The Thames Mountain Bike Club has set up a network of mountain bike trails in the hills north of Thames.  There are also some fantastic tracks set up by DOC called the Hotoritori mountain bike trails which are worth checking out.  

For something a bit more leisurely hire a bike and go for a cruise along the Hauraki Rail Trail for the day.  Stop in for some lunch and check out the Cheese Factory at the Matatoki Cheese Barn before making your way back to Thames.  

Fishing

Try your hand at fishing by signing up for a charter with one of the local fishing experts such as Legionaire Fishing.  They will take you out for a day on the water and show you how it is done!   

Camping

Pack a tent, and camp overnight in one of the DOC camping grounds on the track, or holiday in style by booking in to one of the local holiday parks.